Bill Holder

William Holder ¹75 is editor of Wesleyan magazine.

CONVERSATIONS: A Fresh Look at Hoover and FDR

Many people think that Herbert Hoover took a hands-off approach to the Great Depression and that FDR embraced deficit spending. Not so, says Professor of Economics and CSS Tutor Richard Adelstein. By William Holder ’75 The dramatic financial crisis that confronted President Barack Obama when he took office called to mind the election of 1932,…

Ask the Crowd

Jonathan Spector ’78, chief executive officer of the Conference Board, has a story he likes to tell that contains a revolutionary message for American business. A mining company called Goldcorp had worked an area until it appeared to be depleted. Company officials weren’t quite ready to give up, so they took a highly unusual step.…

Microscopic Puzzle

WELL BEFORE CHARLES DARWIN WROTE THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, the concept of “species” seemed clear enough. Put simply, species don’t interbreed. Oak trees beget other oak trees with, at most, minor genetic changes over long periods of time. An acorn does not give rise to a swaying palm tree. There are problems with this point of…

Unigo Takes on College Guidebooks

IN HINDSIGHT, THE INTEREST JORDAN GOLDMAN ’04 DEVELOPED in the college admission process seems easy to explain. New York Times reporter Jacques Steinberg selected Goldman for a principal role in The Gatekeepers, Steinberg’s 2002 book in which he followed five high school students through the arduous process of selecting and applying to colleges, including Wesleyan. While he was an…

Conversations: Credit Crisis Poses Challenges for IMF

John Lipsky ’68 of the International Monetary Fund discusses the changing role of this key organization. By William L. Holder ’75 The Number Two official of the International Monetary Fund, First Deputy Managing Director John Lipsky ’68, P’08, is keeping a close watch on the international ramifications of the unfolding credit crisis. He brings to his…

A Death in Vietnam

FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, JILL HUNTING had never dared to hope that this moment would come. But now she had a map in her hand, an interpreter at her side, and thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, the coordinates where her brother, Pete Hunting ’63, had been killed in Vietnam. The interpreter had suggested…

The Race to Cover Politics

For the connoisseur of politics, Robert Allbritton’s Politico.com offers a full-service menu prepared by some of the nation’s most noted journalists.BY WILLIAM HOLDER ’75 · PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BILL BURKHART, LAUREN VALENTINO ’10, NICK RUSSELL ’08, AND STEVEN JACARUSO THE POLITICO, a newspaper best known to ardent fans of politics through its Web site,…

A Brighter Stage For Science

ASK ANY SCIENTIST ON CAMPUS HOW THE SCIENCES AT WESLEYAN STACK UP AGAINST OTHER LIBERAL ARTS INSTITUTIONS, and you will hear an exclamation that our peers aren’t even in the same league. A lot of data exists to support that contention, or at least a more restrained articulation of it. Wesleyan has a huge lead in…

A Voice For Immigrants

Welcome to Tennessee. David Lubell ’98 wants to ensure that message extends to immigrants, but immigration is a heated issue in the U.S. heartland.TOURISTS FLOCK TO NASHVILLE FOR GRAND OLE OPRY SHOWS that have defined the city as the capital of country music since 1925. Downtown, in the Tennessee statehouse, a different spectacle has provoked considerable…

Vineyard Havens

Wine lovers have never had it better, and wine producers have never had more consumers clamoring for distinctive experiences.JEFF MORGAN ’75 POURS A TASTE OF HIS COVENANT WINE at a picnic table in the backyard of his home in California’s Napa Valley. It is an outstanding cabernet, highly rated by both Wine Spectator and the hugely…